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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Cents 1800-1808
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1800 1/2C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS63+BN

PCGS MS63BN
PCGS #:
1051
Diameter:
23.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
5.44 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
202,908
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$28,600 • F15 • 10-1-1987 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 16 / 18 TIE 16 / 18 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 12 / 18 TIE 12 / 18 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 18 1 / 18
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN estimated grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 7/2003:92, $8,337.50

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN PCGS grade  
1 MS64BN estimated grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 7/2003:92, $8,337.50

6 MS63BN PCGS grade
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Ron Guth: The 1800 Half Cent was the first year of the new Draped Bust type.  Only a single variety (Cohen 1) has been identified for this year.  In relative terms, the 1800 Half Cent is one of the most "common" of the type, but it has a raw mintage that would be the envy of any modern coin series.  High grade examples are available, thanks to a small hoard (several of these appeared in the 1980 ANA sale).  The majority of 1800 Half Cents were struck on planchets prepared in England by Boulton & Watt; a much smaller amount were struck on defective Large Cents, which were rolled out and cut-down to Half Cent size. Finding a spot-free example with glossy surfaces and some trace of original red is the goal for collectors seeking a nice 1800 Half Cent.